May 16, 1929 - January 3, 2013
Oh I Have Slipped
The Surly Bonds of Earth...
Put Out My Hand
And Touched the Face of God
Alice Lucille Kovenz (Smith) was born in Coquille, Ore. on May 16, 1929, and passed away peacefully of natural causes January 3, 2013, in Redmond, Ore. at the age of 83. She was raised the youngest of seven children in Coos Bay, Ore. and graduated Marshfield High School in Coos Bay in 1947. She attended Linfield College, graduating with a teaching degree in English. She would later complete her graduate studies work at the University of Oregon, where she earned her masters degree in English and Counseling. She was teaching at Roosevelt School in North Bend, Ore. when she met the love of her life and future husband, John. They were married in Coos Bay on January 23, 1954, and spent the next 59 years happily together until her passing.
She and John moved to Medford, Ore. in 1957, after being hired at Medford High School. Alice's teaching and counseling career was extensive. She served the Medford School District for 24 years. At Medford High, she taught English and was an advisor for several clubs and classes. When the high school split in 1967, she went to Medford Mid-High as a counselor and Dean of Girls. After several years there, she then moved to Hedrick Jr. High as the Counselor and Dean of Girls, and then to McLoughlin Jr. High. At McLoughlin, she was also a counselor, and it was here that she finished her teaching career back in the classroom tutoring and helping students who struggled with academics. She then substitute taught for a couple of years and decided to retire in 1988, to spend more time at home with her family and young grandchildren.
During the 70s, she took some years off to spend time at home with her two daughters, Kristin and Karin, who both survive. She was very active in their school activities at Sacred Heart Elementary school and St. Mary's High School. She volunteered as a room mother, chaperoned field trips, helped transport to sporting events and after-school activities and was a leader of the 4-H Club, the Sewing Saints. She served also on school advisory committees and was a member of the school boards of both Sacred Heart Elementary and St. Mary's High School.
Prior to moving to Redmond, Ore. in 2008, she was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 50 plus years. She was a member of the St. Anne's Altar Society serving several times as the president. Her Catholic faith was a strong point in her life, and she attended Mass every Sunday and religious Catholic holidays.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Loretta and Genevieve; two brothers, Ed and Walt; and one son. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, John, of Redmond; daughter, Karin Kovenz-Coombe and husband, Kevin, of Redmond; daughter, Kristin Kovenz-Wilkinson, and her husband, Jack, of Lincoln City, Oregon; and two special lights of her life, her grandchildren John and Kelsey Wilkinson, both of Lincoln City. She also leaves one older brother, Pat Smith, of Oregon City, Ore.; older sister, Margaret Perkins, of Coos Bay; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial donations be made to Partners In Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701. www.partnersbend.org. A Rosary and service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. The Rosary will be at 12:30 p.m. and the service will be at 1:00 p.m.